Arts and Sciences Challenges

Artistic Inspiration

Sponsored by House Three Skulls

Description: Google for paintings of portraits or paintings in a time/place that you’re interested in.  Make a collage or slide presentation showing the pictures of garb or gear you want someday.

Materials: Internet access,

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, be sure to include a link to your collage or slide presentation.


Basic Heraldry

Sponsored by Ana Ilevna

Description: Learn the names of the Name the heraldic colors and major charges!

Materials:  Internet Access

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form


Calling All Calligraphers Part 1

Sponsored by House Three Skulls

Description: Look around online for exemplars / manuscripts – make a  collection of your favorite hands in a collage, or slide presentation with your favorites.

Materials: Internet access, paper, art supplies

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form be sure to include a link to your exemplar / manuscript collection


Calling All Calligraphers Part 2

Sponsored by House Three Skulls

Description: If you completed “Calling All Calligraphers Part 1” Try “recreating” one of the exemplar calligraphy hands that you researched.  Write out your name, the alphabet, or a short sentence.

Materials: Internet access, paper, art supplies

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your calligraphy to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Cooking Challenge

Sponsored by Zohane Faber

Description: For this quest, I, Zohane Faber, head of the Carolingian Cook’s Guild, challenge you to try out a medieval recipe. Below, I suggest three cooking ideas in order of increasing complexity. You can do any one of them, or more than one, or some other  recipe, as you desire. For each one I will give you the original source recipe, and  then a possible reconstruction of how you might make it modernly – lots of medieval recipes are much less precise than we expect a modern recipe to be,  so details like how much of what ingredient to use and how long to cook something for take experimentation to work out. You can do your own interpretation of the original if you like, or you can use mine as a starting point for your cooking  experiments.

Materials: Cooking Challenge Recipes 

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, be sure to include a write up explaining what you did, the recipe you used, and whether or not you liked what you cooked.  You can also email a picture of what you cooked, or a video of you cooking or eating what you cooked to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Dyed and Stitched

Sponsored by María Lopietza de Luna

Description: “This is a three part challenge. The two practical parts can be done in any order.

  1. dye material or finished project with a natural dye. This can be as simple as a single dye bath and a single item, or multiple dyes on the same or different raw material/parts of a project.
  2. create a fiber arts project either from the materials you dyed, or from white or unbleached cloth or yarn (to dye when it’s complete). You can make anything you want, from a handkerchief or a coaster, to a full garment
  3. Record the type of dye you used, the mordant (if any), and what kind of item you created.”

Materials: 

  1. White or unbleached cloth or yarn
  2. Pots, water, a stove, any of a variety of natural dyestuffs (examples include red cabbage, onion skins, beets, mustard), and an adult. Mordants OPTIONAL
  3. Sewing, weaving, OR looped technique (knitting, crochet, nalbinding, tatting) materials”

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your project to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Green Thumb

Sponsored by House Three Skulls

Description: Plant one or two different kinds of  herbs, explain uses other than cooking for each of them.

Materials: herb seeds or seedlings, garden space, or flower pots and potting soil

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your planted herb, or a video of you gardening to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Here: Try This!

Sponsored by The Barony of Stonemarche

Description: From their Excellencies, Deirdre and Keziah:

The saying here in Stonemarche is “We’re bad at Famine”, meaning that we LOVE to cook and feed people. 

“Oh no!” I hear you say, “But your Excellencies, due to the plague, we cannot let you feed people!”

On the contrary, good readers! Perhaps -we- cannot, but we can ask that you feed Yourselves!

Our challenge is this: find a period recipe to make and try yourself!  With an adult’s help, find a period recipe neither of you have tried before and share it with one another. Drink, desert or food, it doesn’t matter! What matters is you eat & try a new-to-you thing and report back your findings. Is it sweet? Sour? Savory? Is it absolutely gross? Sustenance is a Stonemarche tradition, so open wide and say “Here: try this!”

Materials: Edible things!

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your completed dish, or a video of you cooking or eating your dish to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Kirigami Flowers (aka paper snowflakes are period)

Sponsored by Ciaran ua Meic Thire

Description: Kirigami was the art of folding paper then cutting it before unfolding it to show the final image like paper snowflakes. The Japanese would mainly use this art to create flowers like orchid blossoms. Now it’s your chance to make your own paper flowers and tell others while doing it that you’re practicing an art going back over a thousand years!

Materials: Paper and scissors

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your snowflakel to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Make Art with Paper!

Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Stationers

Description: The Stationers celebrate all the wonderful things related to paper, printing and books. Create something that you can share with your local group – a pamphlet stitched book of stories, a blank journal, a book telling the story of your local Shire or Barony, a roll of the arms of your household, a paper snowflake or paper cutting of a device or badge, a stamped placemat for when we can enjoy feasts together again. Use your imagination! Art can bring joy and be of service and we will gladly accept all entries that meet those simple criteria. Visit stationers.eastkingdom.org for instructions and inspiration.

Materials: Paper, string, needle and cutting implement – sharp things age appropriate and supervised if needed please! If adding text or images, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, stamps as desired.

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your completed project to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Make Something Useful

Sponsored by Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid

Description: “Pretty art is nice, but people in the Middle Ages had many tasks to do every day, just like you may have chores or homework to do.  Think about the everyday things you use to do your chores or schoolwork – or even to play with.  Think about the things that the grown-ups around you use every day.  What kind of things would children and grown-ups in the Middle Ages have?

To successfully complete this quest, you must make something that a person in the Middle Ages would use in their everyday life.  It could be a tool, a toy, or even something that keeps you comfy while you work (like a hat that keeps you warm, or a stool to sit on).  It can be anything that has a use beyond just looking pretty.  Show me a picture or video of you or someone else using your thing.  “

Materials: Challenge taker’s choice!

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your useful thing, or a video of you making or using your useful thing to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Plant a Medieval Mini-Garden

Sponsored by Tiffan Fairamay and Solivere of Malagentia

Description: This challenge is an opportunity to start learning about medieval European gardens, and make your own small garden of period plants in a pot or in the ground.  We made a google doc with how to information here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/195dID1TrXB3zslCj4dQmoaEXgsE7uXoZBsFOWtQUzPc/edit?usp=sharing 

Materials: A pot or small spot in the yard, soil (and some sort of digging tool), sticks or stones, seeds or seedlings, and water.

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your garden or a video of you working on your garden to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Scroll Blank Challenge

Sponsored by Eleanor Grey

Description: Use whatever materials you have on hand to create an award scroll.  You can either print or trace one of the scroll blanks onto your choice of paper, or design your own from scratch.

Materials: Art supplies, paper and/or scroll blanks:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/177UszJ0LrSCiov8dg7MH1FZm3Ity-YQH/view?usp=sharing 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e9C6O19XBajLoL_wL9RNSM8vgSbDYLNu/view?usp=sharing

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your completed scroll blank to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Skjold Harbor hood

Sponsored by Kassandra Aiantide

Description: My challenge is for youth entrants to make a Skjold Harbor hood, and I have created a video class they can follow along with. I have put the video onto the Carolingian Youtube channel, and the link is below.

Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sepAssPq8Xs&authuser=2 

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your Skjold Harbor hood to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Sponsored by House Three Skulls

Description: Try a new craft using things you have around the house. i.e. Ceramic cup using playdoh, finger loop braiding using yarn or embroidery thread, illumination using crayons or anything else.

Materials: Whatever you have on hand.

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your completed project to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Stringy Blingy for Your Garb

Sponsored by Nobildonna Fiore Leonetta Bardi

Description: Use any hand stitch to decorate any type of garb.  Blanket stitch a neckline or cuffs, running stitch anywhere in a contrasting thread or even put a motif (historical or original) on your garb.  Importantly, I want to see you try the thing so even if you don’t think it is perfect, I would love to hear about your project and hear about what went well or didn’t.  Open to all ages.

Materials: Cotton DMC or other embroidery thread and a piece of garb (ask a parental unit if you have doubts about which to pick). If you want to do this challenge and don’t have embroidery thread, send me an email and we will work to get some to you.

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your decorated garb to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Try Something New!

Sponsored by Amy Webbe

Description: Try a new art or science! Maybe you love to draw- try writing a poem instead! Maybe you love to sew- trying making something out of wood or clay! If it’s new to you, it counts!

Materials: Whatever is appropriate to this challenge

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your completed project to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Virtually Explore a Museum

Sponsored by Agnes Marie de Calais

Description: Research is a wonderful thing!  Why? To be inspired to learn, make or ask about things from the past.  Visit a museum online and learn about something from the past!  Write, create a collage, or slide presentation about the things you investigated.

Materials: Internet Access

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form be sure to include a link to your collage or slide presentation if you chose that option to show what you learned


The Youth’s Favor

Sponsored by the Shire of Mountain Freehold

Description: Grab a piece of fabric and your materials of choice (fabric paint, a needle and thread, or anything else you can think of) and craft a belt favor. Once we are able to be together again grant your favor to someone who inspires you to love the SCA!

Materials: Fabric, needle, thread, fabric paint, acrylic, beads, or anything else that inspires you

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your completed favor to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org


Youth Bestiary Challenge

Sponsored by Ciaran ua Meic Thire

Description: Animals in bestiaries were often drawn by people who had never seen the animals using the descriptions of people who did. Explorers have returned with descriptions of some animals and it’s up to you to draw them for the East Kingdom’s bestiary! Use the descriptions provided to draw what you think the animal would look like! All of these are based on real animals!

Materials: Paper and a drawing/coloring instrument  Bestiary link: https://m.facebook.com/events/1287417944948124?view=permalink&id=1287419324947986 

Finishing your challenge: Complete the Completed Challenges Form, and email a picture of your animal to youthquest@chancellorminor.eastkingdom.org